Spiritual Journey

One is on a spiritual journey when one’s primary life intention is to deepen relationship with God through prayer practice, devotion and service. This is represented by consent to, and participation with, God’s unfolding presence and action within and without, in the ordinary circumstances of our life.

One Step

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Voices of Community

We gather at the noon hour
Morning choices made, now past;
Silence at table, sit wondering
If the insights will last.

We gather at the noon hour
Morning choices made, now past;
Silence at table, sit wondering
If the insights will last.

I've been here many times before
Well, in this kind of holy place;
Impatient as I return to 'life'
As if transformation were more a race.

This time around it's different
A palpable gentleness of hand;
Walking me forward, one step, one step
Whispering to "trust wherever I land".

Centering Prayer and Biofeedback

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Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: What do you think about doing Centering Prayer while wearing a biofeedback device such as an emWave? I have been doing this for about 2 years now and it seems to be bringing about some very profound changes in my life and relationships, and a big shift in my perception of God. But sometimes...

Q:  What do you think about doing Centering Prayer while wearing a biofeedback device such as an emWave? I have been doing this for about 2 years now and it seems to be bringing about some very profound changes in my life and relationships, and a big shift in my perception of God. But sometimes I wonder if using the emwave may make the prayer less pure.

Given to Me

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Voices of Community

In May of 2008, I attended a Centering Prayer Presenter-Formation Retreat at St. Mary’s Retreat Center, Sewanee, Tennessee.    On the night of May 18, we all participated in group lectio divina.   The words from the Gospel of Mark scripture reading that reached out to me were “given to me.”  Ruminating on those words, I asked God over and over, “God what are you saying?”

In May of 2008, I attended a Centering Prayer Presenter-Formation Retreat at St.

Set Free from the Pit, by Centering Prayer and the Truth

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Voices of Community

I was overwhelmed by constant, intense, thoughts and feelings of fear.  At the time, I believed that if I was just ‘right with God’, or, became a ‘better Christian’, these worrisome and fearful thoughts would certainly disappear.  So, I tried harder.  I purchased more spiritual books, attended more worship services, and prayed more frequently.  I was living a devout/religious life.  But, the fearful/condemning thoughts, along with their corresponding bodily feelings, just further intensified. 

I was overwhelmed by constant, intense, thoughts and feelings of fear.  At the time, I believed that if I was just ‘right with God’, or, became a ‘better Christian’, these worrisome and fearful thoughts would certainly disappear.  So, I tried harder.  I purchased more spiritual books, attended more worship services, and prayed more frequently.  I was living a devout/religious life.  But, the fearful/condemning thoughts, along with their corresponding bodily feelings, just further intensified.  My mind was racing at light speed and my body felt like it was in a

Lessons

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Voices of Community

The Real  only comes to some-
to those listening. To those who
can endure the fathomless silence,
starting first in your core, then spreading throughout the room, through
shut windows.

The Real only comes to some-
to those listening. To those who
can endure the fathomless silence,
starting first in your core, then spreading
throughout the room,
through shut windows.

It takes time to hear, sometimes generations.
Endurance in full rapt attention. Silence
becomes voice, and finally it speaks.
Obliqueness for the listener to ascend.

Alone. I leaped rock over rock to the top
and found myself waiting, transformed
and then He spoke, my heart awake and willful,
the world's elements were flowing-

Stillness and Centering Prayer

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Voices of Community

The Rock – a living relationship with Christ
Jesus urges his followers to build on rock and not on sand (Mt. 7.24 – 27).   In South Africa we have some unfortunate experiences with Rural Development Project housing...

1. The Rock – a living relationship with Christ

Jesus urges his followers to build on rock and not on sand (Mt. 7.24 – 27).   In South Africa we have some unfortunate experiences with Rural Development Project housing, poorly constructed and often lacking adequate foundations.   Jesus could just as well have used this as the source for his illustration!

A Shift in Centering Prayer

Series: 
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have been doing Centering Prayer for many years.  Have found it useful at 3:00AM when St. Teresa of Avila says Imagination is the fool of the House.  This morning I sat in my chair and started with my sacred word Abba. Immediately I heard...

Q:  I have been doing Centering Prayer for many years.  Have found it useful at 3:00AM when St. Teresa of Avila says Imagination is the fool of the House.  This morning I sat in my chair and started with my sacred word Abba. Immediately I heard the voice of a man singing softly.  The song was about angels. Shortly the words stopped and there was only tone. Also I felt very light of body. As I say I have been doing meditation and contemplation for about forty years and this is a first.

Contemplative Outreach South Africa: On Our Regional Retreat and the Passing of Nelson Mandela

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Voices of Community

On the first night Brian, our co-ordinator, asked how each of us were. We all seemed to be in need of rest – both physically and spiritually. He gave us a question from the booklet - “what is of value to you in your life, and what is chaff?”  We would reflect on this in the privacy of our hermitage. We ended the evening with Lectio Divina.

On the 5th December 2013, seven of us met at Sediba mountain centre for our annual three-day retreat.   Sediba (the source) is set in the Magaliesberg Mountains, overlooking Hartebeespoort dam.  The silence and beauty encompass one immediately on arriving.

What a Difference a Word Makes

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Voices of Community

"Consent" or "surrender-accept."

“Consent to God’s presence and action within.”

Sometimes I hear something so often that I cease to actually hear what it says.

"Consent" or "surrender-accept."

“Consent to God’s presence and action within.”

Sometimes I hear something so often that I cease to actually hear what it says. Consent, surrender, and accept have all become familiar words during years of following a path to contemplation.